There will be numerous golden moments across the four days of racing at the 2019 MTBA National Championships which begin in Bright, Victoria Thursday 4th April.
Over 900 entries have been recieved in cross-country, downhill and trials disciplines, with the team relay opening racing this Thursday.
Records are also set to tumble as the leading lady of downhill Tracey Hannah (QLD) aims to win her 11th Australian sleeve when she takes to the downhill track for practice on Friday.
Troy Brosnan (SA), who also has been a dominate figure in the elite men’s will again be the one to beat as he aims for a sixth national title.
Kye A’Hern will be keen to bring his 2018 silver medal world championships winning form from Lenzerheide, Switzerland to Bright as he hones in on a second straight junior downhill title.
In the cross-country ranks, after breaking through for his maiden XCO title in Armidale, New South Wales last year, Cameron Ivory (SA) has no intention of letting the green and gold jersey go as he lines up in a hot elite men’s field on Saturday 6th April.
While Rebecca McConnell (ACT) has never tasted defeat in the elite women’s ranks in six years and will be doing her bit to keep her national championship purple patch going.
Australian jersey’s will also be on the line in the e-bike (a first at the national championships) and adaptive mtb category when they take to the trails.
In the Trials arena, the highly decorated and former world champion Janine Jungfels (QLD) along with reinging elite men’s winner Nathan Mummery (VIC) are the heavy favourites in their discipline.
It’s the first time in three years Bright has hosted the MTBA National Championships with all three disciplines.
There are also a variety of activities outside the offical racing:
- MTBA Annual Achievement Awards – Thursday 4th April
- Women in MTB Breakfast’ – Friday 5th April 8:00am
- Pump Track – Friday 5th April 5:30pm
- Kids Race – Saturday 6th April 3:00pm
- Mountain Bike Orienteering – Sunday 7th April 4:30pm
- Social BBQ – Sunday 7th April 6:00pm
For the full schedule and more event information head HERE
WOMEN IN MTB BREAKFAST
At this years National Championships at Bright, Mountain Bike Australia will be hosting a women in mountain biking breakfast to be held 8:00am Friday 5th April in the Red Bull tent at the event village.
The idea of the breakfast is to provide an opportunity for the mountain bike community to hear from a panel of women who all have different stories to share about their connection with mountain biking.
Panel members include Australian MTB legend Sharon Heap; adaptive MTB rider Heidi Thomas; mum of one of Australia’s elite downhill riders Jo Frew; NZ elite XC rider Samara Sheppard; Australian elite dowhiller Shelly Flood and Chair of the MTBA Board, Lee Brentzell.
The breakfast is free to attend and includes light refreshments of coffee, tea, baked goods and fruit. For catering purposes attendance numbers are limited.
Register your attendance HERE